Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Health Policy Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Working Group, a recently established committee in the VUMC, works together to strengthen responsiveness and resource report, form cultural humility, and promote shared responsibility within the department.

A group of professionals with different ethnic and racial backgrounds smiling.

Responsiveness & Resource Support: Serve as a resource for faculty and staff by connecting department members to the appropriate information and supportive structures.

  • Establish a reporting mechanism that allows general departmental issues or concerns to be submitted
  • Make the VUMC reporting structure visible so individuals understand the steps that should be taken to report an issue or concern

Cultural Humility: Building cultural humility through enhanced awareness, increased knowledge, new exposures and experiences, and celebrating differences. Plan events & activities aimed to:

  • Enhance awareness, knowledge, skills
  • Provide exposure & experiences
  • Celebrate differences

Shared Responsibility: Supporting the goal of establishing an inclusive, supportive and welcoming department

  • Facilitate dialogue and shared learning about issues of equity, inclusion, and social justice to help achieve and sustain progress toward a more equitable and inclusive workplace

Your Voice Matters!

Do you have general departmental issues, concerns, questions or suggestions related to DEI?

Please share with the Health Policy DEI Working Group using the REDCap survey: https://redcap.vanderbilt.edu/surveys/?s=TNDEMALTYELEFK4R


Other VUMC offices committed to DEI initiatives

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (VUSM) believe that patient care, research, and educational experiences are optimized when we create a culture that is diverse, equitable and inclusive. We are committed to providing the highest quality care for everyone and to collectively addressing systemic inequities to improve health for our patients, workforce and communities. 


The Office of Health Equity (OHE) at VUMC serves as an institutional home for catalyzing and enabling educational, research, clinical, and operational initiatives to prevent and address inequities in health among marginalized, minoritized, and socially disadvantaged populations. Learn more about the OHE focus areas below:


  • Do you have a specific incident that you would like to report?  

    If you or someone else has experienced an act of discrimination or harassment at VUMC, you can submit a confidential report of the situation here: https://redcap.vanderbilt.edu/surveys/?s=AM3AJNFENCTMFPKX

    VUMC does not tolerate sexual harassment. To file a report, create a help desk case in Workday.

  • Sydika McKissic - Departmental DEI Lead

    Marie Griffin - Faculty representative

    Melinda Eady - Staff representative, Chair

    Brad Hawkins - Staff representative

    Valerie Mitchell - Staff representative

    *VACANT* - Staff representative